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1 dead, 5 missing after Oita landslide

The Yomiuri Shimbun

The site of a major landslide is seen from a Yomiuri Shimbun helicopter in Nakatsu, Oita Prefecture, on Wednesday morning.

Jiji Press NAKATSU, Oita (Jiji Press) — A landslide occurred in the city of Nakatsu, Oita Prefecture, on early Wednesday morning, killing one man and leaving five others missing, police and other sources said.

Members of the Self-Defense Forces and the local fire department continued search and rescue operations. A man was found and confirmed dead in the afternoon.

According to an emergency call around 3:50 a.m., four houses in the Yabakei-machi district of the city were engulfed in dirt after the slope of a mountain behind them collapsed, authorities said.

According to the Oita prefectural police’s Nakatsu Station, the mountain’s collapsed portion measured 200 meters wide and 100 meters high. There were also rockfalls.

Six residents of three of the four houses were missing after the landslide.

The man who died was identified as Yoshinori Iwashita, 45. Ayano Iwashita, 90, Aiko Iwashita, 76, Megumi Ebuchi, 52, Yu Ebuchi, 21, and Ayako Hashimoto, 86, were still missing, according to Nakatsu city officials.Speech



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